Why trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal?

Why trek to Everest Base Camp?

The Khumbu region on the south side of Mount Everest is the traditional home of the Sherpa people. Surrounded by spectacular peaks, it is a special place and justifiably popular as a destination for mountain walking. Amongst the first outsiders to visit this area were early mountaineering groups, including the 1953 British Everest Expedition which finally succeeded in putting two members of the team, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, on the summit. Mountaineers continue to make the journey to Everest Base Camp and each year they are joined by increasing numbers of people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world's highest peak.

To stand and gaze at the highest mountain on Earth is an almost spiritual experience, especially when to get there you have travelled along the village trails of the Khumbu, passing colourful fluttering prayer flags and centuries old mani walls built of individual tablets of stone, each carved in elegant script offering prayers to the mountain gods.

"You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things. You can just be an ordinary
chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
"  Edmund Hillary

Any reasonably fit and prepared person can reach Everest Base Camp and with just a little extra effort, it's also possible to reach the top of the non-technical viewpoint peak known as Kala Patar. Here, there is an unrivalled panorama of Himalayan Peaks, dominated by the looming South West face of Everest, almost within touching distance and rising above the astonishing Khumbu Icefall.

Nowadays, most visitors to the Khumbu fly in to Lukla Airport. From here, due to the need to acclimatise gradually to the altitude, we allow a minimum of 9 days for the hike up to Everest Base Camp. The total distance is less than 50 kilometres and, taking into account the rest and acclimatisation days we include at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and at Dingboche, the average distance we walk each day is just 7 kilometres.

This works well for most people. The majority of the normal route, the Everest Trail, is on well maintained paths which are used by the inhabitants of this mountain region. Only the last few kilometres to the Base Camp itself are on the rubble of the glacial moraine.

Today, all of our treks in the Khumbu region use relatively comfortable lodge accommodation, run by local Sherpa families. This is another element which puts the whole experience within reach of any active person with the desire to get up close to Mount Everest.

 "I suppose we go to Mount Everest because - in a word - we can't help it. To refuse the
adventure is to run the risk of drying up like a pea in its shell."
  George Mallory
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